O Come All Ye Faithful
Already this year, I have led this song at six different church services. I love to sing the chorus! "Oh come let us adore Him!" I mean, isn't that what we are doing every time we gather as a church to sing songs of worship? We are gathering to adore Him!
This is the second Christmas carol I decided to do some research on. Of course, the meaning of this song is much clearer than The First Noel. However, even if the meaning is clear, it is still easy to sing this out of habit, without allowing it to really touch and come from my heart.
So what does it mean to "adore" Him?
According to www.blueletterbible.org (which by the way is an awesome resource for Bible study) to adore is to worship; to express reverence or homage.
I also loved what Blue Letter Bible had to say about the word "adoration"! I particularly appreciated the five outward postures of adoration that it describes. These are prostration (on your knees with forehead to the ground), kneeling, standing, lifted and/or outspread hands, and kissing the hand.
Now, while I can't say I've ever kissed my hands toward heaven in worship, I most certainly have found myself worshiping God in all of the other four ways. I am a very physically expressive person. If you know me, you know that I am a woman of many faces, I talk with my hands to the point of smacking myself or others accidentally at times, and sometimes when I'm leading worship it's all I can do to keep my feet on the ground. I have also found myself at times so overwhelmed by God's goodness that I could not keep my face from the floor! Our God is sooo worthy of our adoration! Let's never, NEVER let embarrassment or shyness keep us from outwardly expressing our adoration for our Great God!
. . . So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom
to the City of David with rejoicing. When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,
while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord
with shouts and the sound of trumpets. . .
David said to Michal, " . . .
I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this,
and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. . . "
2 Samuel 6:12b-15, 21-22a
This Christmas, I am determined to intentionally set my mind on the glorious character of God. I will think about His sovereignty, goodness, faithfulness, and love as I sing songs of adoration to my King!
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God is Unchanging!
He is still
on the throne!
(see Psalm 102)
Lord, you are
and my cup
you hold my future.
The boundary lines have fallen for me
in pleasant places;
indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.
I will bless the Lord who counsels me--
even at night when my thoughts trouble me.
I always let the Lord guide me.
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles
(Bible in a year reading plan)
for the Christian Life
by Donald Whitney
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by Kelly Needham
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